As a child, Lori’s father often told her the story of the Princess and the Pea, always telling her, at the end, his version of the moral of the story: “If you don’t like the life (bed) you’ve made, get up and make it again!” An adage that has remained with her all her life, especially as both a child of divorce and a divorcee herself, Lori knows what it’s like to go through the process and come out stronger on the other side.
Lori places a great deal of value on the importance of family, which has shaped her strong personality and brought her to where she is today. Lori relocated to Virginia Beach following her own divorce, where she enjoyed the support of her own large extended family as she rebuilt her life in Virginia.
Lori joined the Hofheimer Family Law family after an illustrious career working in firms both large and small (and owning her own local law practice). Lori is unique to our firm in the sense that she has handled cases in a wide array of practice areas – including complex commercial litigation and criminal law, in addition to her vast family law experience. She is also licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, in addition to Virginia. Her biggest strength? Lori is a seasoned and comfortable litigator, combining preparedness with serious attention to detail!
Lori received her B.A. from Rutgers College, and her law degree from Rutgers University Law School, where she was a New Jersey Bell Scholar at Rutgers College and a Phillip J. Levin Scholar at Rutgers Law School, based upon her academic ability and potential capacity for public service through law.
She began practicing law in 1988 with a unique familiarity with and understanding of the court system, after having served as a judicial legal intern to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, Judge, United States District Court, and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Murry D. Brochin, Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey. Lori was an associate attorney at the law firms of Greenberg, Dauber & Epstein in Newark, New Jersey, and at Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch (now Day, Pitney) before relocating to Virginia.
Following the birth of her son, Lori opened her own practice, The Law Office of Lori A. Michaud, P.C., handling civil, criminal defense and family law cases. Lori brings a number of distinct advantages to her practice of law, from working closely with judges, handling complex cases involving extensive litigation, working with firms both large and small, practicing across state lines, and, also, on a personal level, being both a mother and a local business owner. She also has a tough, no nonsense personality, and a frank, levelheaded demeanor that serves her well in a courtroom and during difficult negotiations.
Lori’s son is now grown, living on campus and studying business at Old Dominion University. Now an empty nester, except for her sweet goldendoodle, Yankee Doodle Boy (“Doodles”), Lori is finding time for re-establishing hobbies that she hasn’t had time to enjoy for years. When she’s not killing it in the courtroom, Lori enjoys biking, exploring, and she swims nearly every day.
Though we can’t guarantee results, and every case is different, we’ve had some pretty happy clients over the years!
Lori worked hard for us
…Thank you for all of your hard work and patience with our case.
Lori is an amazing lawyer
…You did a GREAT job (as always) … Please know how much I appreciate everything you did – you’re an amazing lawyer …
I am grateful for Lori's effort
…Thank you for all of the work that you had done on my behalf. You made a difficult situation easier. I am very grateful for all of your effort.
We got a great result
Lori's whole team was responsive to my needs from day one. They worked around my disabilities and always kept me informed of everything, usually the same day. Lori really knew her way around the courtroom, too. We got a great result and they were always fair to me. I have gone back to them for several matters over the years and I always got a great result and they were always good to me. I would recommend Lori Michaud to anyone -- and I do!
I do recommend her to others
In any profession it is hard to find someone you like and have confidence in their abilities as a professional. Ms. Michaud is one of those rare people. When you're in a family mess, you need someone who is sensitive to the severe emotional drain this puts on you, but is also capable of keeping you on track to make sure that you get the results you need. Hopefully, I'll never need her services again, but I do recommend her to others whose lives have been turned upside down.
We are so grateful
Lori really took the "stress" out of what was a stressful situation for my family. We are so grateful for her help.
I expected a sharp and honest attorney and Lori was and more
She gave me an exceptional example of how she would potentially perform the job as my attorney and she showed everything I feel I need in my attorney. She was honest and professional. That is one of the reasons I am actually hiring Lori. I expected a sharp and honest attorney and she was and more. Your office is beautiful, professional looking, warm atmosphere, and the secretary is funny and very helpful. I had a great experience at the office, thank you for having a warm and accepting staff. I came in with lots of concern and Lori addressed everything I asked (I had a lot). Thanks for a soft place to land in this hectic situation.
Lori really understood
Lori really understood the special needs of my son when she obtained his legal guardianship for me.
Patient through this process
Lori has been so patient with me through this process, and has kept the bills down because I needed them to be. Thanks, Lori!
Thank you for your savvy advice...
Lori made me feel my case was very important
Lori always made me know that my case was important and that I was understood! This really came through when we were in Court. She also works hard to keep my bill down. What more could I ask for?
Thank you for all you did for us!
On behalf of my granddaughter, my great-grandson and myself, thank you for all you did for us. If we should ever need the service of a family attorney in Virginia, believe me you will be the one we would call upon. Of course if any of my friends or relatives should need your service I would not hesitate to recommend you. Thanks again.
With Lori's help we were able to navigate the court system
Lori has done a great job of helping me navigate the various courts I have had to litigate in when my husband became violent. Thanks to Lori, my kids and I are safe!
She gave me good advice
I always felt that Lori and her staff were 100% on my team. This really helped me through this difficult time in my life. She always gave me good advice and actually returns calls and responds to emails!
Lori took on CPS
Lori took on CPS for me and was able to get my daughter and I back in our home when false abuse accusations were made. I am so grateful!
She helped protect my assets
Lori did a GREAT job for me in my divorce. In less than six months, she successfully excluded over half a million dollars worth of my separate assets from distribution due to her diligent review - without even the expense of an expert witness! I highly recommend her to anyone that has assets to protect!
Lori helped keep my reputation intact
Lori not only got me divorced in a very favorable settlement, but she managed to keep a lid on a certain 'delicate matter', preserving my reputation in the community.
I couldn't have done it without you!
Thanks for doing an outstanding job on my case to have custody, visitation and support decided in my home state instead of Virginia after I separated from military service. I couldn't have done it without you! Things are looking good here in our home state. I do appreciate your outstanding work and getting the issue resolved so quickly.
I will forever be thankful
Lori did an incredible and amazing job throughout the whole process. Words can not express how truly appreciate your hard work and dedication has been to my son and I. I will forever be thankful. Thanks to you, my son and I are building a new life together surrounded by family and friends in our home state.
Lori Michaud addressed my needs and concerns
I am a separated mom with two children. My consultation was a valuable use of my time. I plan on hiring Lori to represent me in my case.
Lori Michaud gave me advice and she was passionate about her words
Ms. Michaud was amazing. I never felt pressured and when she gave me advice, she was passionate about her words. I didn’t feel judgement, but someone that cared about the best outcome. I went with questions and left with answers and empowerment. I was able to take the advice we discussed and go back to my spouse to renegotiate and got him to come to agreement. Based off my experience, this is a great firm.
I have more confidence and believe I can turn my case around
Lori was straight forward and explained to me things my current lawyer from legal aid couldn't. Even though I couldn't afford their services, I believe the consultation was worth every penny.